Swiss Chard Growing Guide
Also know as silverbeet, Swiss chard is a member of the beet family for its edible greens, which can be used in salads or even fried. Its tender leaves taste like spinach, and can be harvested continuously throughout the season.
When to Sow: Early Spring, Fall in mild Winter areas.
Sun/ Part Shade: Sun/ Part shade in summer
Seed Spacing: 1 inch
Row Spacing: 18 inches
Planting Depth: 1/2 inch
Days to Germinate: 7-10 days
Days to Maturity: 85 days
Soil and Fertilizing
Plant after the last spring frost. The soil must be well-drained, and enriched with vegetable food. Feed every four weeks for best results.
Consistent moisture is important to Swiss chard, especially as the plants grow larger. Water every days.
Break or cut the outer leaves off at the base when they’re 6-8 inches wide. Pick and discard old or tough leaves and flower stalks. Avoid damaging the growing point in the center of the plant. If you plan to harvest whole plants, make succession planting through late summer, so you won’t run out.
- Swiss chard is a mid-summer green that grows well in heat, but will also last through fall’s first frost.